Understanding Hemophilia -- Symptoms

Medically Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on January 16, 2022
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The symptoms of hemophilia may include:

  • In some cases, lengthy bleeding after circumcision
  • Excessive bruising
  • Swollen, painful joints
  • Swollen, tender muscles
  • Excessive bleeding from the gums, tongue, or mouth following injury (seen particularly in infants and toddlers)
  • Severe bleeding after tooth extractions or other invasive dental procedures
  • Severe bleeding after injuries or operations

Call 911 for immediate emergency medical help if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Lengthy, uncontrollable bleeding -- either heavy or oozing in nature -- particularly after injury, immunizations or surgical or dental procedures
  • Any signs of internal bleeding, such as a change in consciousness, alertness, or memory or difficulty breathing (note that these symptoms may also be signs of other medical problems unrelated to hemophilia)

Call your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Any episode of bleeding unrelated to a particular injury or event
  • Pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in a joint or muscle

Also talk to your doctor if you have a family history of hemophilia and are planning a pregnancy or expecting a baby.